Now is the time to Think Apprenticeships

Take a new look at the new financial incentives and see how Apprenticeships can help your company.

Business is tough. This year has brought additional pressure to businesses, so the Government has pledged financial incentives for businesses taking on new apprentices, to support them through Covid-19 recovery and create brilliant opportunities for apprentices.


Employer Incentive Update – From 1st April businesses taking on new apprentices will be rewarded with £3,000 per apprentice, regardless of age – available until September 2021.

Incentive Categories Age of Apprentice
Employer Incentive 16-18 (£1,000)
Employer Incentive – Care Leaver – EHCP 19-24 (£1,000)
Learner Incentive / Bursary – Local Authority Care Leaver 16-18 & 19-24 (£1,000)
New additional Incentive – recruiting a new apprentice (April 2021 – September 2021) 16+ (£3,000)

Future proof your workforce with Runshaw

Our Employer Relationships Team is ready to help you with every step of securing an apprentice or upskilling your existing workforce. From your initial contact with us all the way through to appointing an apprentice or signing up an existing member of your workforce, you will have one person who will be your single point of contact. Once your apprentice is in the post, our Training team takes over as we begin to assess your apprentice against the new standards, again, there will just be one point of contact for you who will keep you regularly updated with their progress.

Upskilling your existing workforce

Access apprenticeships to develop your existing staff, boost productivity and reduce staff turnover.

Apprenticeships are a fantastic way to support succession planning and the continued professional development of your staff.

Reasons to hire an Apprentice:

Taking on an apprentice has a huge range of benefits for your business:

  • 80% of companies who invest in Apprenticeships have reported a significant increase in employee retention
  • 77% of employers believe apprenticeships make them more competitive
  • 76% of those employers who employ apprentices agree they make their workplace more productive
  • 81% of consumers favour using a company which takes on apprentices
  • 92% of employers who employ apprentices believe that apprenticeships lead to a more motivated and satisfied workforce
  • 83% of employers who employ apprentices rely on their Apprenticeships programme to provide the skilled workers that they need for the future

Quick steps to hiring an Apprentice:

1.    Find the right type of apprenticeship training programme for your business
2.    Contact our Employer Relationship Team on or call 01772 643008
3.    Work with us to advertise your apprenticeship opportunity
4.    Interview your candidates and appoint!

Special Educational Needs (SEN) – Support

✅ An allocated Learning mentor  ✅ Counselling services  ✅ Independent Careers advice  ✅ Employer SEN support guide

How the Apprenticeship Programme is funded – Levy & Government Funding

The Levy, Standards, and everything in-between!

The first stage of the levy, began in May 2017, and only affects your business if it has a payroll of over £3 million.  This involves paying 0.5% of payroll costs on a monthly basis after the deduction of a £15,000 allowance.  The government then tops up the fund by 10%, and the funds can be used by to buy apprenticeship training through an approved provider whilst also allowing you to get more out of the fund than they put in.

Most businesses under the £3m marker will not pay the levy and if your business has less than 50 employees and are not part of a larger group of companies it will not have to make any contribution for apprentices aged 16 to 18, and just 5% for those over.

Employer Size Funding Source
Levy Paying Employer Funded through levy
50+ employees Employer pays 5% towards the total cost
Less than 50 employees – apprentice 19+ Employer pays 5% towards the total cost
Less than 50 employees – apprentice 16-18 Programme is fully funded – no employer contribution.  The apprentice must be 18 when the programme starts.

The employer is responsible for paying the apprentice, at least the National Minimum Wage for apprentices –

The contract of employment is between the employer and the apprentice.

20% Off the Job

It is mandatory that all apprentices have 20% of their working week “off the job” to learn new skills, improve knowledge and work on their portfolio.  For those who are on work-based learning programmes, time must be agreed with the line manager to meet the off the job requirements. For those on programmes that include college days, a large proportion of this will be covered for apprentices when they attend.   Please note: most of our courses are work based learning programmes.

Further information and examples of off the job activities can be found here.

The Assessment – EPA

All Apprenticeship Programmes are known as “Standards”.  At the end of the practical period of the apprenticeship the apprentice reaches gateway, at which point they are entered for an End Point Assessment (EPA), in agreement with the apprentice’s manager, mentor and trainer.  The EPA is facilitated & carried out by an external organisation, the apprenticeship is complete once the EPA passed.  The EPA will vary by programme, this will be outlined to you during the sign-up process and on an on-going basis by your designated trainer.

  • How Can an Apprentice Help My Business?

    Apprentices are a cost-effective combination for RECRUITMENT and TRAINING.

    Take on an apprentice in conjunction with Runshaw College and you can look forward to having a valuable new member in your company, with the support system provided by our Employer Relations Team and your apprentice’s own personal trainer to support them throughout their apprenticeship.

  • Are there any Restrictions?
    • The apprentice must be a new employee to the business
    • You must take on the apprentice between August 2020 and 31 January 2021
    • The apprentice must not have been employed by the employer within the six months prior to the apprenticeship contract start date
    • There is no limit on the number of incentive payments if eligibility is met
  • I Already Receive Payments for my Apprentice – Can I Access this too?

    Yes. These incentive payments are in addition to payments that are currently available for apprenticeship costs for 16-18-year-old apprentices or those aged 19-24 who have previously been in care or have a Local Authority Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

  • How do I Apply?

    You can claim these incentive payments from 1 September 2020 by registering for a digital service account with the apprenticeship service at here.

  • How Will I get Paid?

    The payment will be made directly to you in two equal instalments, where the apprentice is still in learning at day 90 and day 365.

  • Contact us today!

    Call our Employer Relationships Team: 01772 643008

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